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Josef Krebs Posted: Jul 14, 2011 0 comments

Who would’ve thought in 1985 that Brazil would predict the state of both Britain and America in 2011?

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 16, 2011 0 comments

The starting point of Hall Pass, the latest comedy from writer/directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, is the same as that of most current TV sitcoms: Gone-to-pot, sex-mad, middle-aged suburban American husbands — who’ve been infantilized by their disappointed, slightly contemptuous, much more attractive wives — yearn for freedom (and more sex) via younger, even hotter women.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 01, 2011 0 comments

William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon relates the colorful adventures of an Irish itinerant who tries his hand at war, gambling, and financially profitable marriage while traveling through 18th-century Europe. Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 adaptation, like many of the director’s other films (including Paths of Glory, Dr.

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 25, 2011 0 comments

A brown leaf floats on brilliantly clear water that flows over rich green seaweed. That’s just one of the many lyrical images that fill the opening sequence of Solaris. A horse trots along in the background. A cup of tea overflows in a momentary thunderstorm — the rain stopping as quickly as it started, leaving the sound of dripping water and then a serene silence.

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 13, 2011 0 comments

“How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?” This piece of dialogue sums up the main theme of Blue Valentine, a film that, trying to work out where love goes, looks back to where it came from in the first place.

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 13, 2011 0 comments

There’s a particularly wonderful scene in The Illusionist, the animated movie adapted and directed by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) from a previously unfilmed script by Jacques Tati. When the Monsieur Hulot-like character familiar to fans of Tati goes into a movie theater, there’s Tati’s Mon Oncle up on the screen in live action.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Apr 29, 2011 0 comments

The first extra I jumped to after experiencing the 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal brainspill Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream was the author’s commentary.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Mar 31, 2011 0 comments

The Social Network opens with a conversation between Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend (Rooney Mara), and it's the perfect setup for a movie about a certain form of Internet interaction.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Feb 24, 2010 0 comments
Early in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there's a big special-effects scene that finds some Death Eaters causing havoc in London. Does this sixth movie in the series fully open up the story to the world of Muggles? No: We are swiftly returned to Hogwarts School.
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Josef Krebs Posted: Feb 23, 2010 0 comments
Just as faith is the cornerstone of religion, Angels & Demons requires a large suspension of disbelief to swallow its canny combination of questionable church lore and questionable scare-mongering over particle acceleration.

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